Love one another, honor one another

Romans 12 10The Verse of the Day for May 24, 2014 incorporates two of the principles for achieving successful relationships with fellow believers: love and honor. Here are three renderings of this verse expressed as an imperative sentence or a request:

Romans 12:10:

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; [New King James Version]

Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. [Amplified Bible]

Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. [Holman Christian Standard Bible]

Listen to this video reminder of this verse:

Each of these principles is expressed as a verb that connotes action when specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another,” a phrase that is used 31 times in the Scriptures.

Love one another:

Love is an essential element of life. Jesus Christ is the model, the standard of love who offered this reminder:

John 13:34-35

34 I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.

35 By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].

Hebrews 13:1 (NLT) reminds us of the attitude that we should maintain toward fellow believers:

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.

Honor one another:

To honor means to place value on, respect, to place esteem upon, to esteem. The word also means “to prefer—to go before, to lead, to be intentional.” Clearly, this is the essence of the latter part of Romans 12:10.

Dr. John Tetsola comments, “Honor produces an exchange, in that when we give honor, we receive honor in return.” He elaborated upon this principle by stating that associated with honor is the “process of welcoming the person you honor in your heart, whereby you celebrate their anointing and receive the individual with gladness.” He calls this the “process of acceptance” which we apply when we honor one another.

Philippians 2:3 provides another reminder:

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

Song writer Jimmy Scott sings a composition “To Honor You,” a tribute to the memory of a loved one.

Spoken word poet, Amena Brown reads selections from Romans 12, from The Voice, a new Bible translation, from which the Verse of the Day was taken.

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One Response to “Love one another, honor one another”

  1. reubenkerrlostsonsreturning Says:

    Excellent post. Lot of food for thought! So much in the Scriptures about loving each other. Not so easy always to put into practice!! Thank you. Be blessed – Reuben

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